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Exploring Links Between Romance Novels And Porn

According to a Christian psychologist, romance novels can cause emotional addictions in women, leading to unbalanced behavior and losing touch with reality. Apparently, romance novels function for women just like porn functions for men, creating unrealistic fantasies that becoming addicting, while promoting dissatisfaction with one’s real relationships. Fans of the romance genre are protesting this view as one-sided, claiming that romance novels validate women’s emotional experiences and provide imaginative ways for women to explore what different kinds of relationships might be like. The fans, along with Salon writer Tracy Clark-Flory, assert that readers of romances are, indeed, intelligent enough to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Like any other literary or film genre, romances contain stock plots and stereotyped characters; and, like any other genre, there is a pretty obvious line where the stories depart from reality. Continue Reading →

Porn, Addiction, And The Brain: Neuroscientists Weigh In

When Dan Savage and our own Debby Herbenick discussed porn addiction, among other fascinating sex topics, they agreed that porn addiction is not, in fact, an actual addiction (meaning there is no physical component making one become addicted to porn, though it can become a compulsion). An essay by a neuroscientist evaluating scholarship on the topic backs up their claim, stating that there is no peer-reviewed scientific work proving that porn addiction occurs at the chemical level in the brain. The differences between an addiction and a compulsion may be slight, but hopefully more research is forthcoming. Continue Reading →